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Varsity football secures league title in homecoming win over Woodside

Matthew Diederich
Senior Noah Beedon throws a pass over a Woodside defender to junior Colton Caputo.

The Los Altos Varsity football couldn’t have asked for a better ending to their league season.

After starting off 0–3, the now 5–4 Eagles are on a three-game winning streak following last Friday’s 35–7 dismantling of the Woodside High School Wildcats. The homecoming victory earned them the title of El Camino League champions — their second title in three years.

“Everyone contributed to this, and everyone played extremely hard,” head coach Mike Garrity said. “We prepared, we practiced like heck, and the result came. I’m really proud of this group.”

Offensively, the team was firing on all cylinders. The Eagles rode the momentum of their 48-point performance against El Camino High School in their previous game, putting up an early lead to the Wildcats in the first quarter. Sophomore Maxime Morelle found the end zone first with a rushing touchdown six minutes in, and junior Colton Caputo caught a 36-yard bomb from senior Noah Beedon just four minutes later for a 14–0 lead.

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“We started out hot,” Noah said. “We haven’t started out hot most of the season, but tonight we started hot and got enough momentum to keep going.”

The Eagles kept that heat rolling through the second quarter. A complete pass to senior Andrew Campos turned into a touchdown, and a successful 2-point conversion following Maxime’s second touchdown of the night made the scoreboard show 28–0 for the Eagles going into halftime.

“We all just had that connection this game,” Maxime said. “We felt so strong as a family and brotherhood, and it was just amazing — truly amazing.”

The Eagles maintained a strong defense in the second half of the game. The Wildcats’ offense — which had averaged 30 points per game this season — ended the game with only five completed passes and just 246 yards of total offense. In the last five minutes of play, Maxime ran yet another touchdown, scoring his third and Los Altos’ fifth touchdown of the night, solidifying a 35–7 rout.

“It’s a team effort,” Noah said. “Offensively, we have the best receiving corps in the league, the best o-line — we’re a complete team.”

The team’s league record improved to 4–1 with the win. Fremont High School’s loss to Carlmont that same night vaulted the Eagles into first place, securing their league title and a ticket to postseason playoffs.

“I feel like something just connected in us,” Maxime said. “Something just sparked in us that we just needed for the last weeks, and it’s just crazy what just happened. I’m speechless. Absolutely speechless.”

The Eagles will face Mountain View High School in the annual rivalry game tonight at 7 p.m.

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